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Female journalist killed

Female journalist killed, 21-year-old woman has become the latest victim of a series of deadly attacks against journalists in Somalia. Rahma Abdulkadir, whose work focused on women's rights, was murdered on Sunday night as she was travelling to her home in the Yaaqshiid neighbourhood of the capital, Mogadishu, colleagues and friends confirmed. Abdulkadir was shot by two men after she and a fellow journalist, Munira Ibrahim, left an internet cafe at about 9.30pm. "Two men armed with pistols approached us and started shooting Ms Abdulkadir," Ibrahim said. "Within seconds I saw her falling on the ground with a lot of blood coming from her head. They shot her in the head three times and in the neck two times. There were no police and I had to escape from the scene." Ibrahim had worked with Abdulkadir at Radio Caabudwaaq in the Galgaduud region of central Somalia. The station's director, Abdukarim Bulhan, described Abdulkadir as an active young journalist who ha

Baby left with note

Baby left with note, in a car had a note pinned to it, the note instructed anyone passing by that the mother was in the store grocery shopping and if the baby needed anything to call her on her cell phone. According to Vibe on Monday, March 25, 2013, someone took a picture of this baby wrapped up in a car seat with the note pinned to the blanket in New Zealand. The note was written from the baby's perspective, “My mum is in doing the shopping, call her if I need anything,” the woman's cell phone number was also on the note. One parking lot witness said her and her husband stayed by the car thinking that this mother must have run into the store for just a second because how could anyone leave a baby alone in the car for even a minute, never mind any longer? The man said his wife wouldn't leave until the mother came out to the car. They were there “a little bit,” reports the husband. No charges were filed against the mother of this child because no one reported this incident

T-Mobile contracts

T-Mobile contracts, the struggling No. 4 cellphone company, is ditching plans centered on familiar two-year contracts in favor of selling phones on installment plans. The company changed its website over the weekend to sell the new plans. It was set to lay out the rationale for the change on Tuesday at an event in New York. T-Mobile has been losing subscribers from its contract-based plans for more than two years, chiefly to bigger competitors Verizon Wireless and AT&T. T-Mobile has done better with contract-less, prepaid plans, but those aren't as profitable for the company. The new plan blurs the boundaries between the two types. Prepaid plans have lower monthly fees, but the buyer usually has to pay full or nearly full price for the phones. With T-Mobile's new plans, the initial phone-buying experience won't be much different from what it's like for contract plans, but customers could save money in the long run. For instance, someone who wants a Samsung Galaxy S

Rock band splits

Rock band splits, fans of My Chemical Romance aren’t happy to hear that the group has decided to break up after 12 years together, MTV reported on Mar. 25. According to the report, My Chemical Romance will no longer make music together; leaving fans upset and shocked by their big announcement. "My Chemical Romance is done. But it can never die,” singer Gerard Way said of the rock band deciding to split. “I want to thank every single fan," Gerard said. "I have learned from you, maybe more than you think you've learned from me.
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I feel love for you, for our crew, our team, and for every single human being I have shared the band and stage with.” However, it doesn’t seem that Way’s career is over. The My Chemical Romance singer seems optimistic about the future, and has plans to continue on. What are your thoughts on the rock band My Checmical Romance splitting? Are you a fan of their music?

Matt Lauer ABC

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Matt Lauer ABC, The longstanding host of NBC's the Today show was on the brink of defecting to rival network ABC last year, it has emerged. Matt Lauer, who has anchored the popular morning programme since 1997, was so close to making the move to ABC last year that everybody close to the situation thought the deal was 'signed, sealed and delivered', according to a report. The claims emerge amid reports the 55-year-old journalist's $25million NBC contract will not be renewed when it expires next year, after the fiasco surrounding the dismissal of former co-anchor Ann Curry saw his popularity with viewers take a nosedive. Move: Today show host Matt Lauer was on the brink of moving to rival network ABC last year, it has been claimed ABC chiefs including Bob Iger, CEO of parent company Disney, and Ben Sherwood, ABC News boss, all thought the move was confirmed, as did Lauer's agent, according to a report in the New York Post. The NBC stalwart would have become an A

Bar Refaeli controversy

Bar Refaeli controversy, A new pro-Israel ad has sparked controversy, not for its subject matter but for its star: Bar Refaeli. The Israeli supermodel has come under fire for her appearance in the latest hasbara (public relations) campaign after an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson wrote a letter criticizing the casting choice. The reason? Refaeli's evasion of the country's compulsory military draft, which has become a standard coming-of-age experience for 18-year-old Israelis. Israel's Channel 2 News reported the contents of the letter sent by spokesman Big. Gen. Yoav Mordechai to the Foreign Ministry Director: "The choice of a representative who did not serve in the military as an official presenter on behalf of Israel, conveys the message that we ignore and forgive evasion of enlistment, and encourages identification, among youths of both sexes, with the success of those who did not enlist ... The IDF has been operating, in the last few years, in a variety of way

NBC Robin Roberts tweet

NBC Robin Roberts tweet, When “Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts left to receive treatment for myelodysplastic syndrome, NBC reportedly told former “Today” host Ann Curry that she could not sent a tweet to support her. New York magazine reported Monday that Curry, who was ousted from the show last year, could not send a message of support when Roberts was seeking treatment for her illness because they were “afraid she was trying to aid the enemy.” “Ann Curry was gone but not gone, which created a situation of spectacular awkwardness. Any trust that had existed between Curry and Today was shattered,” an excerpt from the New York article reads. It added: “When Robin Roberts left Good Morning America a month later to get treatment for MDS, Curry asked NBC if she could tweet a note of sympathy for the ABC co-host. NBC said no, afraid she was trying to aid the enemy.” According to the article, Lauer also reportedly was in talks with ABC at one point to join the network after he h

Virgil Trucks dies

Virgil Trucks dies, Virgil "Fire" Trucks, who threw two no-hitters for the Detroit Tigers in an otherwise dreadful 1952 season and was the last pitcher to toss a complete-game no-hitter at Yankee Stadium, has died. He was 95. Charter Funeral Home and Crematory in Calera, Ala., confirmed Trucks' death but did not release a specific cause. The two-time All-Star died Saturday near Birmingham, Ala. He pitched in the major leagues from 1941-58, helping the Tigers beat the Chicago Cubs in the 1945 World Series. "Virgil will forever be remembered for his significant contributions in Tigers history," team owner Mike Ilitch said in a statement. "Virgil remained a friend to the club following his career and will be greatly missed by those of us who had the pleasure of knowing him." Trucks is one of five pitchers to throw two no-hitters in a season, according to STATS. The others were Johnny Vander Meer (1938), Allie Reynolds (1951), Nolan Ryan (1973) and Roy Ha

Karen Black cancer

Karen Black cancer, Actress Karen Black has turned to online crowd-funding in an effort to pay for cancer treatment, reports Deadline Hollywood. The 73-year-old, who starred alongside Jack Nicholson in "Easy Rider," was diagnosed with ampullary cancer in November 2010. After undergoing an operation to remove a third of her pancreas, followed by chemo and radiation therapy, the actress was thought to have beaten the disease in July 2011. But sadly, just a few months later, the cancer returned and it has now spread to her lungs and lower back. Now, Black is looking to raise $17,000 so she'll be able to enroll in an experimental treatment in Europe. Black's fundraising campaign was launched on March 14, and she's already raised close to $14,000. Black's husband Stephen Eckelberry explains on the Gofundme page that the campaign is necessary, despite Black's successful career as an actress: "So here is the big question; why would someone like Karen need m

Why Obama won't be watching SCOTUS

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One in an occasional series of observational pieces keyed off the White House daily briefing. White House spokesman Josh Earnest scored a political point Monday when Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason asked whether the president would be watching the historic oral arguments on gay marriage at the Supreme Court this week. The Supreme Court “How is the White House watching this?” Mason asked. “Are you sending any staff to the hearings? Will the president be watching? Can you give us any color ahead of those hearings on that?” “Well, as you know, Jeff, the Supreme Court doesn’t actually televise the hearings, so it will impact our ability to watch it,” Earnest said, prompting laughter from the assembled reporters. “Touché,” Mason replied. “I’ll bet you could get a seat.” When Mason pressed on, asking whether anyone from the Obama administration would attend, Earnest was noncommittal. “I don’t know whether or not there will be administration — Obama administration staffers in t

LeAnn Rimes Wears Skimpy PVC Shorts to Stepson Jake's Little League

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Leann Rimes wears black leather shorts and ankle boots to stepson Jake's baseball game in Los Angeles, California on March 23, 2013. Is it possible to be both overdressed and underdressed at the same time? LeAnn Rimes was in a league of her own, fashion-wise, when she stepped out in L.A. wearing a pair of super-short shorts and heeled shoes to watch her stepson Jake play little league. The 30-year-old singer showed off her long, toned legs in black PVC (polyvinyl chloride) hot pants, paired with black suede ankle booties and a gray sweater with the number 78 printed on it. She looked happy and healthy as she walked with husband Eddie Cibrian and stepsons Mason, 9, and Jake, 5 -- despite having been out late the night before at her concert in Cabazon, Calif. "After the two hour drive home after my show last night, THIS is an early baseball game!" she tweeted the morning of March 23. "Happy Saturday!" A few hours later, she added: "Great game!!! Kids ro

Beyonce Carries Sleepy Blue Ivy After Brooklyn Lunch Date

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Beyonce and Blue Ivy in Brooklyn, New York on March 24, 2013. Beyonce and daughter Blue Ivy spent some quality mother-daughter time together on Sunday, March 24, grabbing a bite to eat in Brooklyn -- though little Blue looked pretty tuckered out! In photos snapped just outside Buttermilk Channel restaurant on Court Street, the 31-year-old singer grinned as she toted little Blue Ivy, 14 months, out of the eatery. The superstar singer dressed casually for the family meal, wearing an oversized black hoodie and sunglasses, with her hair up in a topknot. The famous tot, meanwhile, showed off her early fashion sense with her hair in two little pigtails, snuggled into a camouflage hoodie, her two tiny feet dangling in Timberland boots. Dad Jay-Z, 43, was not on hand for the Carter women-only lunchtime excursion. "Family has always been important," Beyonce told the March issue of Vogue, calling Blue her "homey" and her "road dog." "I've always had my

Brandi Glanville Denies Having Sex at Kyle Richards party

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Brandi Glanville In regards to her sex life, Brandi Glanville has nothing to hide. In the March 18 episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Faye Resnick accused the 40-year-old model of having sex in Kyle Richards' daughter's bathroom during the clothing store owner's annual white party. Glanville set the record straight on her official Bravo blog March 22. "Faye, Faye, Faye. I think that she just makes things up in her head to get camera time. I wasn't found naked in a bathroom in any way, shape or form. I simply had a 10-second, fully clothed makeout session with a hot man," the single mother of two wrote March 22. "The only person that walked in was [Lisa Vanderpump] and she pulled me out of the bathroom by my ear like a good mum." The Drinking & Tweeting author added that she "dated that hot man for six months after 'bathroom gate'" and they are still close friends. "In fact, he is my real estate agent!

Jaime Ray Newman Is Pregnant with First Child

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Actress Jaime Ray Newman is pregnant with her first child. Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic  Jaime Ray Newman is going to be a mommy! The Red Widow actress, 34, and her husband, writer/director Guy Nattiv, are expecting their first child, her rep confirms to Us Weekly. And the parents-to-be have already found out their baby's gender! The couple will welcome a daughter this summer. "We're over the moon!" Newman tweeted on Monday, March 25. "Thanks everyone for your wonderful tweets, I'm happy to share this news with you!" she added. "Guy and I are so excited!" Newman recently wrapped her role in the play The Gift at L.A.'s Geffen Playhouse opposite James Van Der Beek, Kathy Baker and Chris Mulkey.

Man dies at rock arch

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Man dies at rock arch, A 22-year-old man from Utah State of US was killed trying to swing through the opening of a 110-foot-tall sandstone arch in a stunt made so popular on YouTube that state authorities recently banned the daredevil activity by commercial outfitters. Utah is a state in the Western United States. Kyle Lee Stocking, of West Jordan, left too much slack in the rope he was using, and it sent him crashing into the sandstone base of Corona Arch near Moab, Grand County sheriff's officials said. He died Sunday afternoon. Viral videos have bolstered the activity, which involves swinging wildly from ropes through arch and canyon openings. One video titled "World's Largest Rope Swing" has racked up more than 17 million views on YouTube since it was posted in February. "Pendulum" swinging is a relatively new form of recreation in Utah's canyon lands, which see plenty of injuries and deaths from rock climbing and BASE jumping, which involves lea

Supreme Court Takes Case on Affirmative Action

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday added a new affirmative action case to its docket. It is already considering a major challenge to the University of Texas’ race-conscious admissions program. The new case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, No. 12-682, concerns a voter initiative in Michigan that banned racial preferences in admissions to the state’s public universities. In November, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, in Cincinnati, ruled that the initiative, which amended the State Constitution, violated the federal Constitution’s equal protection clause. The initiative, approved in 2006 by 58 percent of the state’s voters, prohibited discrimination or preferential treatment in public education, government contracting and public employment. Groups favoring affirmative action sued to block the part of the law concerning higher education.

9-year-old girl walks mile in dark to get help after crash kills dad

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9-year-old girl crawled out of a mangled SUV, climbed out of a canyon and walked about a mile in the middle of the night to find help after surviving a highway crash that killed her father in Southern California, authorities said. The 2010 Ford Escape was launched about 200 feet down an embankment along a semi-rural stretch of the Sierra Highway in northern Los Angeles County about 1 a.m. Sunday, said California Highway Patrol Officer Cheyenne Quesada. The vehicle overturned several times. The girl managed to extricate herself and walk through rugged terrain to a nearby home, but nobody answered the door, the CHP said. Then she hiked up the steep embankment and along the road to a commuter rail station in nearby Acton where she flagged down a passing motorist at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. "She walked quite a distance in a very, very threatening environment. It's very black out there, very dark," CHP Sgt. Tom Lackey told KABC-TV. "It's very steep and it's brushy

Obama pushes immigration reform deadline as Congress signals progress

Barack Obama put pressure on Congress on Monday to introduce an immigration reform bill by April, saying the "time has come to fix once and for all" the broken system. Speaking at the White House at a naturalisation ceremony for 28 people, Obama indicated that he wanted to stick to the timetable he outlined in his inaugural address in January. Members of Congress directly involved in discussions had been reporting better-than-expected progress over the last few weeks but by the end of last week admitted they had been unable to resolve outstanding differences before breaking for the Easter holiday. Senators expressed hope that they could have a bill ready within two weeks of their return. Hopes of a deal have been raised by the support coming from Republican senators such as Marco Rubio, Rand Paul, John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Speaking on Monday, Obama said: "We've known for years that our immigration system is broken, that we're not doing enough to harness t

Tubby Smith fired

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Tubby Smith fired, on Monday, Orlando "Tubby" Smith (born June 30, 1951) is an American college basketball coach. Cutting ties with veteran coach one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Athletics director Norwood Teague announced the decision Monday and said it was time for a "fresh set of eyes" on the program. Orlando Tubby Smith is an American college basketball coach. Most recently, he was the men's basketball head coach at the University of Minnesota from 2007-2013. Smith previously served in the same role at the University of Tulsa, the University of Georgia, and University of Kentucky, where he coached the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA championship. Smith was 124-81 (.610) in six seasons at Minnesota, helping to bring the program back to respectability and ramping up expectations for a team hit hard by an academic cheating scandal. Tubby Smith Smiling Smith won 20 games five times. But he went just 46-62 in Big Ten play an

Father kills son, self, custody altercation in Pa

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Father kills son, self, The man from the central Pennsylvania father of 2 year old boy had shot and killed his 2-year-old son and wounded his estranged wife during a custody exchange before killing himself, authorities said. The Horrific incident took place in the Pennsylvania state of United states of America. Police said Kenneth Ayers also shot at his mother during the altercation Saturday morning at her home in a rural area about 20 miles southwest of State College. Huntingdon County District Attorney George Zanic said Ayers, 52, was subject to a protection from abuse order filed by his wife but was permitted visits with his son, Michael. Saturday's visit was to happen at his mother's home in Barree Township. But once at the home, Ayers got into an altercation with his estranged wife, Hollie Jo, and shot her in the legs and arm with a .40 caliber handgun before intentionally shooting his son, police said. Kenneth Ayers placed the child's body in the back of

Hayden Panettiere kiss

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Hayden Panettiere kiss, Hayden Leslie Panettiere is an American actress, singer and model. She began her acting career by playing Sarah Roberts on One Life to Live, and Lizzie Spaulding on Guiding Light, before starring at the age 10 The rumors were suggesting that they had got back together. And it's clear Hayden Panettiere wanted no doubts that she had rekindled her romance. Hayden, 23, and her ex-boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko, 36, were seen locking lips at the Miami Heat game in Florida on Sunday. As Wladimir leaned in to kiss the petite blonde, he wrapped his arm around her neck, resting his elbow on her shoulder. Kiss me! Hayden Panettiere and Wladimir Klitschko locked lips at the Miami Heat game in Florida on Sunday The Nashville star reciprocated the affection, holding the boxer by his neck with her eyes awkwardly open. And that wasn't their only embrace caught on camera. The two couldn't keep their hands off each other, snapped canoodling on multiple occasions.